Kurt Metzmeier is associate director of the University of Louisville law library
where he teaches basic legal research, advanced legal research, and legal history. 

He has a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Louisville, an M.S.L.I.S. from
the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Louisville Louis D.
Brandeis School of Law, where he was a member of the Brandeis Honor Society and the
editorial board of the University of Louisville Journal of Family Law. He has been a
member of the Kentucky Bar since 1995. Prior to entering law school Metzmeier held
positions as research historian at the Portland (Ky.) Historical Museum, and as project
archivist at the Jefferson County (Ky.) Office of Historic Preservation and Archives. 

Metzmeier has served as managing editor and principal author of the Kentucky Legal
Research Manual, 3rd (2006) and recently published (with Michael Whiteman and Jason
Nemes) United at Last: The Judicial Article and the Struggle to Reform Kentucky's
Courts (Frankfort, Ky., 2006), a history of the Kentucky court system to commemorate the
30th anniversary of the state’s reform of its judicial branch. He has presented at a
number of bar association, continuing legal education, and law library conferences,
including the annual conferences of the Kentucky Bar Association, the American
Association of Law Libraries and the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction

He is an active member of several legal, library and historical organizations including
the American Association of Law Libraries, Kentucky Library Association, American Bar
Association, Kentucky Bar Association, the Southern History Association and the Kentucky
Historical Society. 


United At Last: The Judicial Article and the Struggle to Reform Kentucky's Courts (2006)

United at Last gives a general history of Kentucky’s courts from the commonwealth’s foundation in...


Kentucky Legal Research Manual (2005)

Comprehensive guide to researching Kentucky law including Kentucky Constitution, statutory authority, local legislation, Kentucky legislative...


Legal Research & Bibliography


"Reading the Mind of Congress: Legislative History Research on the Internet" , Louisville Bar Briefs (2007)

The article discusses using U.S. Congressional resources on the Internet, in particular the Library of...



"Better than Government Work: Finding Federal Regulations on the Web", Louisville Bar Briefs (2006)

The article discusses federal administrative materials available through GPO Access and agency web sites and...



History in the Law Library: Using Legal Materials to Explore the Past and Find Lawyers, Felons and Other Scoundrels in Your Family Tree, Louisville Bar Briefs (2006)

The standard law books and databases typically employed in legal research record the foibles and...



The Big Gobble: The Consolidation of the Legal Publishing Industry and What It Means for Legal Research, Louisville Bar Briefs (2005)

In the last decade, the legal publishing industry has undergone a historic consolidation that has...



Bloggers, Blawgs & Finding Current Law, Louisville Bar Briefs (2005)

The legal publishing industry faces a challenge from legally oriented blogs, which offer opinions on...


Legal History


"William Littell, Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (2008)

Biographical profile.



Review: Calvin H. Johnson, Righteous Anger at the Wicked States: The Meaning of the Founders’ Constitution, LH&RB Newsletter (2007)

After nearly two centuries of scholarship, it is perhaps impossible to forward a new idea...



A Constitutional Amendment to Reform Kentucky’s Courts, United At Last: The Judicial Article and the Struggle to Reform Kentucky's Courts (2006)

Responding to a confused patchwork of trial courts with overlapping jurisdiction, uneven justice around the...



History of the Courts of Kentucky, United At Last: The Judicial Article and the Struggle to Reform Kentucky's Courts (2006)

A survey of the history of Kentucky courts from the foundation of the commowealth in...